In a journey towards healing, the strength and determination of a few vigilant women bring hope to the grieving, and love out of an act of hate. The Women in Lockerbie is inspired by a true story.
The Women of Lockerbie
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive
1. Tell us about your show.
The Women of Lockerbie in its simplest form is about the aftermath of the Lockerbie terrorist attack in 1988. I think its much more than that though. Our director visited Lockerbie, Scotland this past month, and one of the most striking things for her was the overwhelming peace of the town. Even now, the town stays in contact with stays in contact with most of the families of the victims of Pan Am 103, and welcome them every time they visit, but they are not likely to discuss the attack with outsiders. They’ve obviously had to grieve their losses with one another, but this play is a way to give voices to people who even now cannot speak about it. It quite literally gives voices to the women of Lockerbie.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
At first when my co-producer suggested The Women of Lockerbie as our fringe selection, I was skeptical. We were going to do a play that is written in Greek tragedy structure, about terrorism, with a cast aged 40+ comprised of mostly women, doing a show that is serious. “It won’t work,” I thought. But after reading the script, and seeing the actors bring the story to life, I feel that it’s these exact qualities that separate our show from the rest. How often do we get to see strong women on stage opening up about a meaty topic such as terrorism and grief? In my opinion, it’s about time.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Wonder Woman. Because she comes from a culture of all females. And she cares more about justice than revenge.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
Definitely Coffee and Screaming’s production of How to Adult: The Musical. We have yet to read it, but our good friends Amy Dauer & Eleanor Felton are the brains behind the project, and we can only assume it will be a performance of hilarity nuanced with heart.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.